foucault by laurel ptak

A new project using materials from Women’s Audio Archive (originally established in London in 1985) explores the possibility of changing the status of the collection from a private resource, to a publicly available one. By contacting original contributors, a set of negotiations promoting a non proprietary approach to creative use and re-use will launch the project. Negotiation inquiries about and tests the bureaucratic processes present in cultural production, at the same time demonstrating generosity of individuals touched by those processes. Central to the project are concerns related to the overwhelming climate of permission, the limitations which shape artists’ and others’ ability of participation as well as dissemination of their ideas through a networked public realm. Several outcomes, including a live event at CCS Bard will lead to establishing an online presence of WAA.

Negotiation is developed in collaboration with Michelle Hyun, Michal Jachula, Helga Just Christoffersen, Virginia Kollak, Nathan Lee, Laurel Ptak, Mackenzie Schneider, a group of curators who are currently part of CCS, Bard College, NY